2 - Christian Watford

6-9, 230 Small Forward
Indiana Senior
04/28/91 (29.7 yrs)
Birmingham, AL
High School
Shades Valley
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
85 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Scott Padgett

Strengths: Quality shooter, Watford shows potential as a stretch forward … Has good size (6’9") and length (7’0") for a player with his shooting ability … Drives to the basket with aggression and draws his share of fouls … Deadly catch-and-shoot player … Has the size to play the 4 if necessary, thus spreading the floor and minimizing his flaws in perimeter defense … Good step-back jumper … His length aids him on the defensive end … Possesses a decent face-up game…Solid rebounding small forward … Shot over 48% from deep last year, as well as 81% from the line …
Weaknesses: Somewhat one-dimensional, as he doesn’t do any one thing particularly well except shoot spot-up jumpers …Very inefficient inside the arc, as his three-point percentage was significantly higher (48% vs. 43%) than his total field goal percentage last season … Has a very slow shooting motion, as he brings the ball down to his waist before bringing it back up … Much more slow and cumbersome than a typical NBA forward … Poor athleticism limits his offensive repertoire as well as his defensive ability … A bit of a "tweener" type of forward, unable to guard either position well … Mostly ineffective on the post-up with poor touch around the rim…Can be a streaky shooter from game to game…Below-average passer and ball handler … Limited potential for growth at 22 years of age … Body language and effort is occasionally questionable …
Notes: Did not receive an invitation to NBA draft combine and declined his invitiation to play in the Portsmouth Invitational…Hit the infamous game-winning three to give Indiana the landmark win over #1 ranked Kentucky in 2011…

Overall: Watford could make an NBA roster as a stretch forward with his length and shooting ability, but his game is too limited for him to have much to offer to the NBA and could see his name go uncalled on draft day…

Jacob Stallard 5/29/13

Strengths: Has excellent size and length at 6’8 with a 7’ wingspan and a good frame at about 230 lbs … Played the 4 earlier in his college career, but has switched to the wing with some nice success … A clutch shooter as he proved with his last second 3 pointer to beat Kentucky … Drastically improved his jump shot over the past two seasons … A good overall athlete who shows solid quickness off the dribble and gets to the line at a high rate … His length helps with his defensive ability as last season he usually guarded the opponent’s primary ball handler … Very good free throw shooter at over 80% for his career …

Weaknesses: While he has shown progress at the wing, he’s still a bit of a tweener at this point … Lacks great lateral foot speed to defend on the perimeter, decreasing his value some … Doesn’t have the ball-handling ability, vision and passing ability you typically want from an NBA wing … Despite his frame and build, he could stand to put on a few more pounds of muscle because he’s still fairly weak … Not quite the rebounder you’d hope for a player with his length … Has a habit of taking some plays off, needs to show a more consistent effort … While he shot great from deep last season, overall he was a pretty one dimensional and inefficient scorer, especially for his size … Not a very explosive leaper …

Overall: Watford has shown promising improvement over the past two seasons and will look to continue to add to his perimeter game this upcoming season. With some work on ball-handling and perimeter defense he should be able to put the doubts of his NBA position to rest and become a late 1st, early 2nd round type of prospect.

Sam Gallenberger 7/5/12

Notes: Measured 6’8 (in shoes) 229 lbs, with a 7’0 wingspan at the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy

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